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for intervention on capitol hill. >> there is no doubt in my mind that action is necessary now. the united states needs to be a part of it. >> liberia's former president gets a 50-year sentence for war crimes described as some of the most heinous in history. and greenback the bookstore -- bringing back the bookstore, one well-known author is stocking the shelves in hopes of bringing back the written page. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and elsewhere around the world. tonight, fresh evidence of the breach in the u.n. broken cease- fire in syria. 13 bodies, apparently executed, were found in the eastern part of the country. the killings were discovered that even as the u.n. security council held a closed meeting on last week's massacre that left more than 100 dead and sparked widespread condemnation of the assad regime. >> another mass killing. the commander of the u.s. observer team in syria, general mahmoud, said the bodies of the 13 men with hallett -- with hands bound were found shot dead on tuesday. he calls the appalling and inexcusable. it is the second time in less than a week tha
of the united states thinks this is an important thing and he wanted to affirm it. then on top of that, if we ever have something go to the supreme court, i think it will be very important what the highest office holder in our land thinks about same-sex marriage as well as the polling, as well as how many states have legalized it. we like to pretend that the supreme court lives in a bubble but they do not. those justices live among us. >> woodruff: kerry eleveld, thank you very much. >> thank you. we get two views now on the president's announcement and its significance. evan wolfson is the president and founder of freedom to marry, a leading organization seeking to legalize same-sex marriage in states around the country. and the reverend harry jackson is senior pastor of hope christian church in beltsville, maryland, presiding bishop of the international communion of evangelical churches, and an outspoken opponent of gay marriage. reverend jackson, what does it mean to you what the president said? >> well, i believe he's been dealing with this for a long time and the motivation was to ramp u
. >> meanwhile, the chinese government demand an apology from the united states. the foreign minister said: in the meantime, security was tight outside the hospital where chen is being treated, and the hospital's name was quickly banned as a search term on the chinese internet. we take a closer look now at this still unfolding story with shao chung, director of the berkeley-china internet project at u.c. berkeley, and editor of the "china digital times," an online publication. and evan osnos, who's written on chen guangcheng and other dissidents as the china correspondent for the "new yorker" magazine. he joins us tonight from the campus of stanford university. os, i'll start with you. what do you make of this very confusing series of events today? is there any way to unravel what's known at this point? >> well, it's been an extraordinary 24 hours. the story is very dynamic. a few hours ago, frankly, all of us thought that the u.s. government, the chinese side, had reached perhaps the best available solution given the moment, which was to create an opportunity for chen guangcheng to get o
that the united states and al qaeda are on the same side here. both want the overthrow of president assad. what if you get rid of him only to hand the victory to people like these? this front emerged with an internet video that says they're jihadis back from other wars to fight in syria. we don't know if this video is genuine, but some believe this is the futures in syria. >> the number were quite small in the beginning but they have grown in this time. the hard element of the opposition, the armed, the combat-experienced people who come up from either libya or iraq not only are the vanguard, but they're actually pushing out all other forms of opposition. >> the regime says that this is the result. they blame bombings in damascus on islamists. the front denied they did this. some syrians did go to iraq to fight. did they come back it al qaeda's ideology? this man fought in iraq. he says he was defending his tribe, which is found in both countries. despite appearances, he doesn't like al qaeda. he fears them and he says he doesn't believe they are behind the recent bombings. >> this lie has been
to the united states so he can pursue his studies. over the course of the day, progress has been made to help him have the future that he wants, and we will be staying in touch with -- gwen: so who is chen quangcheng and how did he end up in the middle of a debate between two of the world's super powers? >> it was a whiplash week. we all thought this was solved, that he would stay in china in the middle of the week, but alas, by the end of the week he's going to come to the united states. let me backtrack a little bit, a lit bit more about chen. human rights activist, as you said, blind, so dramatic this week, because he escaped. he had been under house arrest for a couple of years. before that he was in prison. he was with his wife and young daughter in this house. in a rural province in china. and in the middle of the night he certainly used his blindness, because he is used to darkness and his guards weren't. he played sick for a few weeks, so they were not really looking after him that well. climbed over a wall, through a field, through a river, felt his way around. then another dissident
that support will be. >> andrew north in kabul. a senate committee in the united states has cut aid to pakistan by $33 million a year. it's in response to the pakistani doctor who helped the c.i.a. track down osama bin laden. dr. afridi was sentenced to prison for helping the u.s. locate the al qaeda leader in abbottabad. the u.s. secretary of state, hillary clinton, denounced his imprisonment. >> the united states does not believe there is any basis for whoileding dr. afridi. we regret both the fact that he was convicted and the severity of his sentence. his help, after all, was instrumental in taking down one of the world's most notorious murderers that was clearly in pakistan's interest, as was ours and the rest of the world. this action by dr. afridi to help bring about the end of the reign of terror designed and executed by bin laden was not in any way a betrayal of pakistan, and we have made that very well known, and we will continue to press it with the government of pakistan. >> the bbc's aleem mack bull has been speaking to me from islamabad with the latest. >> 20 days after osama bin
and they will continue to work hard to inflict damage to the united states. fortunately, our intelligence community and the c.i.a. have their eyes on the ball in yemen and it's a great success what they were able to do in the last 24 hours. >> warner: michael leiter, let me ask you, when john brenner said today "this i.e.d. was a threat from the standpoint of the design," what is he talking about? >> well, this bomb and also the bomb that the bomb maker asiri is probably responsible for back in 2009, the first underwear bomb and then the printer cartridges bombs that were detected in 2010 represent a real challenge for screening. with no metal pieces at all, a standard magnetometer, metal detector, won't detect that. so what you have to have instead are much more advanced screening techniques at airports to find that. fliers see that all the time here in the united states now. they're less prevalent overseas. of course we need to make sure the same techniques that we know are working here are applied overseas as well. what i would also add, margaret, is none of these detection methods are perfect.
captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> woodruff: the united states and other nations expelled syrian diplomats today, expressing outrage over the weekend massacre. good evening. i'm judy woodruff. >> warner: and i'm margaret warner. on the newshour tonight, we have an on-the-ground report from the city of homs, and an interview with ambassador gary dewer from canada, one of the countries taking action against its syrian envoy. >> woodruff: then, two takes on the presidential race. we look at mitt romney as he secures the republican nomination after today's primary in texas. >> warner: and gwen ifill reports on the push by both campaigns to court hispanics. >> immigration is a big issue, but not the top concern for hispanic voters here in colorado and elsewhere. both governor romney and president obama are talking about the economy. >> woodruff: plus, ray suarez examines the use of drone strikes to target al qaeda militants, and president obama's hand in approving the list of terrorists to kill. >> warner: and as author toni morrison is awarded the presidential medal o
negotiators from eight nations will join the united states in dallas for talks on a new trade agreement. you know what that means, right, usu.s. negotiators want access o hundreds of consoomplez. darren gersh reports tonight it could be some of the last jobs left here at home making shoes. >> tom, when you buy athletic shoes, you probably don't know it but you're most likely paying somewhere between 5 and $15 in what's called an import tariff. a tax on imported shoes to protecting jobs in the united states. and that tariff has set off a sneaker war. on one side there's new balance, the last company to make athletic shoes in the united states. on the other side you'll find retailers and companies like nike. they design shoes in the united states. but they manufacture them in countries like vietnam. >> we have a 1930's tariff structure in the 21st century, and that i really ham perking our awe -- hampering our ability to grow jobs. >> the obama administration is working on a new trade deal with vietnam and other countries called the transpacific partnership. as the world's fastest growing shoe
of concern about the overhang in the united states. how does that cloud an investor's decision how they make money decisions? >> it's clear that the whole greek thing is going to fall apart, and no one knows exactly how, when or what falling apart really means for spain. no one is worried about greece per se. they're worried about what greece means for spain. >> tom: we know it means a stronger u.s. dollar. the dollar continuing to increase, and commodity prices drop. >> remember, you don't need to be the best currency in the world, just the least worse. and that's where the u.s. dollar is right now. look further. why would anybody put money in dollars as a safe haven? but right now, liquid, easy to get in and out. >> commodity sold off, gold, oil. natural gas rebounds from $2 to 2.50. is this an energy area you're looking for bargains. >> i'm looking for a bottom in natural gas. i think we'll bounce to $3, and ?r somewhere in there for a long time. >> and you're looking at alter petroleum. they have natural gas exploration production, and share price is half of what it was last summer. is t
here in the united states. european leaders talked up the need for more economic growth today. darren gersh reports the likely forecast is more uncertainty. >> for only the second time in 50 years a socialist has been elected president of france. francoise hollande's victory this weekend is a clear rejection of the measures put in place to jolt the euro. >> this is an a cute phase of the silver and debt crisis. >> two main parties that had managed the party through the debt crisis emerged from parliamentary elections with less than a third of the combined vote. that could leave greece in limbo unable to form a new government. >> greece and france have rejected what is going on and how the incumbent leaders have dealt with the debt crisis. >> this is a potent gentially disrupt full mix for markets. >> jittery and uncertainty higher than ever. >> this is following an ominous pattern. those looking to clean up problems could lead to years and decades of growth. there is a fear there will be a spill over to the united states. >> the u.s. has a fiscal problem. but it's a medium to long te
.s., at a time when this country faces its own huge fiscal problem. how to bring down the united states' rising debt is a topic of growing debate as we head to an election at the end of this year. that's when the bush-era tax cuts are scheduled to expire and a scheduled round of spending cuts are set to take effect. this week the congressional budget office warned if that was all this is allowed to take place, the economy would be knocked back into recession for the first half of next year. more on this now from two men who watch the u.s. economy closely: ken rogoff of harvard university and josh bivens of the economic policy institute. welcome to both of you. and ken rogoff, to you first, what is the european scenario that the united states should be most worried about? >> oh, goodness. i mean, there's really a cliff there. there's a possibility the whole euro can dissolve if they don't take a quantum leap towards unification and we could have a layman moment again. it's not... lehman moment again. it's not hyperbole to say that. they've seen that in europe. they can't agree among themselves w
combat troops. a lot of afghans have been concerned about how the united states will remain here. this agreement basically says that we commit ourselves to supporting afghanistan economically, you know, we'll support its development and we will retain a number of troops here in a counterterrorism role in the post 2014 environment. mostly those to chase after what's left of al qaeda. but this is a... signifies sort of a long-term commitment of the united states to afghanistan and more broadly to the region. >> ifill: even in the negotiating of this agreement, there have been tensions. of course we have documented all the tensions in the u.s.-afghan relationship specifically with president karzai. was any of that in evidence today? >> not really. i think president karzai got pretty much what he wanted for his own domestic audience. his contingency. let's not forget that we had these very controversial night raids that they wanted the afghans to take the lead on. we signed a memorandum of understanding with the afghan government on know. there was a detainee issue which was a big st
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said and praised as being one of the best bankers in the united states. so the obama administration looks tough on banks. they're more than likely looking at what the company knew when they knew it and whether or not there's anything they're covering up right now. >> woodruff: dawn, you had something about a conference call that jamie dimon held with investors back in mid april. >> oh, yeah. jamie dimon on his analyst calls-- i've been covering the company about two nears years now-- on his calls he almost always cracks jokes and asks a stupid question. he always goes off on government regulation. in this that call in mid april when dimon says he didn't know how bad the trade was or didn't know that there was a problem was asked about it, he was uncharacteristically, you know, calm and quiet. he stuck to what seemed like kind of a scripted format. he was very, you know, he just wasn't himself. he wasn't himself on that call in mid april. that's after, shortly after everyone started reporting, you know, that particular division had a big problem. so, that came... those stories came o
. and when they were questioned by that, they just pointed to the united states and said, "look what the united states is doing." you know, indefinite detention. the patriot act. you know, increase surveillance powers. "if the united states can do it, they certainly can't criticize us." and this happened in a number of countries. so, you know, we knew we had to look to ourselves in order to speak to the world. so we began to work with the aclu, pen did, to put together these public readings from these documents. >> you can't believe some of these documents that they've uncovered. and, you know, in a way it's a tribute to this country that the freedom of information act actually works. that you don't actually need wikileaks. like, there is an actual legal way that documents that are quite damaging to the people who committed these acts of atrocity. >> that's something that the book really chronicles is that this was not a case where everybody agreed with these programs. on the -- >> with the torture? >> right. >> you mean, people inside government? >> absolutely. >> there were dissent
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by the united states, by israel, by gulf countries like saudi arabia and qatar and that all these countries have an interest in bringing down the syrian regime and that they're using terrorists to do so. the so the government's narrative is that there isn't a protest movement in the country. there's no grass-roots movement of people seeking their rights, seeking more freedoms but it's terrorists. and then there's the third possibility, right? that this is actually... this is actually a jihadist group that carried out this attack. there is a group that has surfaced in the last couple months that's got all the typical trappings of a jihadist organization. jihadist iconography, jihadist ideology online. they have claimed responsibility for some attacks in syriaened n recent months. they have not claimed responsibility for this attack but it is possible that they are behind today's attack. >> brown: what about the seeming target here? the military intelligence headquarters? is that even clear about what was the target? >> that is not clear. this attack did happen near a military intelligence headqua
is here, united states secretary of the navy, he has had a long and varied career as a politician, diplomat and businessman, he served as governor of mississippi from 1988 to 1992, he was also former ambassador to saudi arabia and ceo of a manufacturing company. he played the pivotal role in u.s. defense policy in the obama shifts its focus to the asia pacific region i am pleased to have him here on this program for the first time, welcome. >> thank you, charlie, i am glad to be here. >> rose: we now know that this president has announced clearly the kind of shift to asia. how does that affect the navy and its role and its significance? >> well, this new defense strategy which the president announced in january, and which he was in intimately involved in crafting, and had a all of the joint chiefs, all the service secretary, secretary of defense very involved in this, it is mainly a maritime strategy and focuses on the western pacific and focuses on the arabian gulf region, both of which are maritime, entities, and it places, i think, additional responsibility on the navy and the
at the beginning of the year, job growth in the united states slowed again last month. the labor department revised upward the number of jobs created in previous months, but reported only 115,000 new jobs came on-stream in april. new jobs were added last month, but fewer than expected. and the unemployment rate dipped to a three-year low of 8.1%, but mainly because frustrated job- hunters stopped looking. speaking at a virginia high school today, president obama focused on some positive signs. >> after the worst economic crisis since the great depression, our businesses have now created more than 4.2 million new jobs over the last 26 months. >> woodruff: but the president did acknowledge that challenges remain. >> there's still a lot of folks out of work, which means that we've got to do more. >> woodruff: minutes after the april jobs numbers were made public this morning, the presumptive republican presidential nominee, mitt romney, appeared on fox news and criticized the president, calling the numbers very disappointing. >> we should be seeing numbers in the 500,000 jobs created per month. this i
afterwards neither the united states nor china commented on the case, so we didn't know for sure. then about an hour or so ago the militants and chinese confirmed chen had left the u.s. ambassador, as you indicated there. the chst say he left of his own have a license. and his wife and children have arrived in beijing and are in the hospital with him. the ultimate fate of this activist and his family, we don't know at the moment. but it seems some kind of arrangement has been made between china and the united states about what's going to happen to him. >> for more on this, let's speak to dr. willy lam. from the chinese university. of hong kong. what does it appear happens to -- what happens here? and what safe guard forms chen now? >> well, it's quite possible chen guangcheng was offered the possibility of leaving china for the u.s. to seek medical treatment. however, he has said he wishes to remain in china to serve its people. for time being, i believe he will be returned to his village and the 24-hour surveillance by the chinese. it's quite possible the u.s. authorities will be criticized
in five in europe looking for work. it's a situation for which the united states is not immune. >> we have to make sure that there is a growth strategy to go alongside the need for fiscal discipline. as well as a monetary policy that is promoting the capacity of countries like a spain or italy that have put in place some very tough targets and policies to also offer their constituencies a prospect for improvement. >> the president sounds pragmatic, but there's little he can do to predict which mantra wins, growth or austerity. >> let's go live to steve, our correspondent in berlin. looking at these oecd forecasters, the diverging trends between the euro and the u.s. has been stuck on growth. i mean, how much pressure is angela merkel now to change tactics? >> she's from immense pressure from president obama, from francois and in germany she's under pressure, but the other way. the sense is the opinion in germany is hardening against bailouts and the euro. if you look at tabloids in germany, an immensely popular tabloid paper says "europe doesn't need the euro." but the important thing is
and expects china to clear the way to leave the country. beijing demanded the united states apologize for keeping chen at the embassy for six days did hillary clinton has said it was an extraordinary set of stats and we don't expect it to be repeated to "wolfe street journal closed -- "the wall street journal" -- what is your take, evan? >> funny crisis. all you have to keep your eye on his u.s.-chinese relations. this guy is not the main event. the main event is just getting along with the chinese. that does not mean we have to kowtow to them, but we have to get along with them. to see romney try to make hay out of this thing -- longer interest is with u.s.-chinese relations. >> nina? >> having a political candidate not nikkei out of it would be like a water spaniel not go in the water. we as a free society, we want to do everything, and it is and absolut concept often with our national interests -- an absolute concept often with our national interests. darman and a battle with china among different factions, with the military have and what position and reform people having another.
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was president of the united states, 27% favored it in a gal op pole, 68% against it. the same gallop poll now shows a majority of americans showing it. that say dramatic change in 15 years. and credit has to go to people like david brooks who was a conservative thinker who made the case that if you cared about stability, and you cared about institutions, that you had to be for gay marriage. and especially if you wanted permanence in relationships as far as the nurturing of children. i read that 27% of gay couples now have children. and more and more people have seen this. and more and more people have gay friends am i agree with david in 2004. i believe george bush carried the state of ohio against john kerry because there was a same-sex marriage amendment on the ballot. and i don't say that ohio has become berkeley overnight. but i think the economy does trump this. i think african-american voters when tested, who voted in large numbers against same-sex in 2004 in ohio will, in fact, support the only african-american ever elected to the white house and overcome it. and i think there has been
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's real. if we look at the demographic structure of the united states, our white population is getting older over time which means a smaller share of white women are in their child bearing years at the same time we have a bigger increase in the minority women in child bearing years. >> warner: where is it most concentrated? that is the majority of births being minority rather than white? i think we have a map you helped prepare from 2010. >> yes, they're heavily concentrated in the southwest, in the southeast and in big metropolitan areas as well as some places that have large native american populations you can see in the map there's speckles of them up there in north dakota and south dakota and elsewhere. so it's not uniform across the country and in some places we had majority minority births for quite a while. >> warner: professor suarez orozco, what do you think is driving this? how much of it is immigration? how much is higher birthrate as mr. frey was saying? >> well, the story when the census and data came out was really the story of immigration. i think now 12 years later we s
policies, that's what we're going to change when i'm president of the united states of america. >> obama very early realized that things were only going to get worse. and so, obama made this decision: "the thing i'm going to run on is that there is a problem in our economy, my opponent doesn't see it, and i can fix it." >> narrator: and early in the campaign, he had traveled to new york to push for wall street to change its ways. >> i actually went down to the cooper union speech with him in his car. >> senator barack obama... (applause) >> he was talking about the idea of making sure that the ethics of wall street was pure and that we were doing the business that we should be doing. >> thank you very much. thank you. we let the special interests put their thumbs on the economic scales. we've excused and even embraced an ethic of greed. >> the cooper union speech was essentially obama's effort to say to the democratic party and to the country that he believed that we had to rein in wall street, we had to resume more aggressive regulation of wall street. >> instead of establishing a 21st
from the yemeni army, which receives arms, training, and intelligence from the united states. on the edge of jaar, the first glimpse of the flag of al qaeda. >> it's a very sinister thing. it's a black flag inscribed with the words, "no god but one god," and then the seal of the prophet. it has an impact on you. it's very scary. >> narrator: ghaith's contact was a fighter and political officer who called himself fouad. he was a member of ansar al sharia, the local franchise of al qaeda. ansar al sharia was started last year to provide al qaeda in the arabian peninsula with foot soldiers and a new image. some experts question the exact relationship between the two groups, but ghaith found that they operated as one and the same. how clearly they referred to themselves as al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. and for fouad to talk to us, he would have to have permission from the highest authority. >> narrator: fouad said that us drones and the yemeni air force often attacked. >> (translated): they bomb people's homes to prove to washington they are truly fighting terrorism. but the
of that conversation which is about afghanistan. >> the united states should also have learned that no policy that is based on a misunderstanding of the facts or wishful thinking is likely to succeed. and there are a whole series of assumptions built into this transition policy about the ability of the afghan national arm about the degradation of the taliban and the ability of afghan political lead yooers to fashion a fair transition of power from karzai who-to-whoever comes after. all of these assumptions look quite shaky and you don't want to ask american men and women to make the ultimate sacrifice if you're not willing to confront the facts head on and think honestly about where they may lead you. >> rose: we conclude with kathy freston, a well-known vegan, her book is called "the lean, a revolutionary and simple plan for lasting weight loss." i want to enjoy my life, celebrate food and have things i grew up loving with my family, with my friends. so for me i think the best thing that has worked-- and i think it's translated to other people-- is that if we set our intention to move toward
has been living beyond its means. the united states of america and the federal government is living beyond its means. a lot of corporations, a lot of people spend more than they take in. well, there has to be a balance and a day of reckoning. this is a type of day of reckoning. we've got to take the medicine. >> sreenivasan: if voters reject the tax hikes, brown said he will propose automatic reductions in spending for public schools and the university systems. in afghanistan, hundreds of people turned out today to mourn a former taliban leader who became a peace negotiator. he was shot to death on sunday. the honor guard escorted the body of arsala rahmani to the burial. he had reconciled with the government and was active in coordinating talks with afghan insurgents. the taliban has publicly threatened peace negotiators, but it denied responsibility for the rahmani assassination. hundreds of palestinian prisoners in israeli jails have agreed to give up a hunger strike they began a month ago. word of a deal came today, mediated by egyptian officials. the prisoners won concessions,
paths led by the united states were unable to do anything about it. at srebrenica it's now been established pretty conclusively, that at least 7,000 muslim prisoners were executed in cold blood by mladic's forces and another 1,000 were killed as they tried to reach government-held territory to the north. after the massacre in seb neets affinally the west got its act together and began the-- what led to eventually-- to the peace negotiations. this was the first big conflict after the end of the cold war, and for a long time, for three and a half years, the united states and other western governments proved inadequate to the challenge. >> brown: so this particular tribunal, i gather, was set up soon after the war, so long ago, only now in the last years are we getting to some of these very high players, high generals and leaders. why did it take so long? >> actually, the tribunal was set up during the war in what was interpreted then as a kind of token gesture of solidarity with the victims. that's 20 years ago. and it took them the best part of two decades to bring the most high-
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the lucrative drug route north to the united states. in 2006, the army was deployed to tackle them. six years later, more than 50,000 people have lost their lives in drug-related violence, 13,000 last year alone. the presidential election here in mexico is just a few weeks away. atop the list of both priorities is security. this shocking event in monterrey made clear whoever wins in july's vote is going to have a very tough time in bringing peace back to the country. will grant, bbc news, mexico city. >> for years, a refugee from yugoslavia mopped floors, cleaned toilets, and took out rubbish at a university in the united states. but after 12 years of studying, the 52-year-old janitor has donned a cap and gown to graduate with a bachelor's degree in classics. as a colombia university employee, he didn't have to pay for the classes he took. this is "bbc world news." i'm geeta guru-murthy. the headlines -- it looks increasingly unlikely that greece will be able to form a new coalition after the radical left party, syriza, rules out taking part. as the trial of anders breivik enters its fourth w
a clear set of binding rules in the european union, in the united states, or the emerging geographies-- places like india and brazil, which account for most of the growth of facebook-- but we will have those regulations and those regulations on how facebook seeks to monetize its users. >> reporter: with all the scrutiny, it's no wonder facebook has become an early- adopter of washington lobbying. the company has brought together a team of political and policy insiders with lots of friends across party lines. >> they understand that it's very important for them to have a means to get their message out to major policy makers, because if policy makers don't understand the business, the risk of bad regulation increases dramatically. >> reporter: in a rapidly changing industry, regulation may not be the main risk facing potential facebook investors, but it can't be ignored. darren gersh, "nightly business report," washington. >> tom: for generations about half of american teenagers were either working or looking for work. that has been falling in the past decade fast. today only a third of
in underwear, again. and to terrorize the united states. again. it didn't happen. and therein lies the tale. but one that may not be over. because of a man named ibrahim al asiri. pierre, who's that? >> he's the master bomb maker based in yemen. diabolical mind. chemist. in training. and the big issue this week that sources were telling me is that not only has the united states government got to kill this guy, and they're being pretty blunt and needs to be taken off the map, he did something in the past year that has people in washington extremely concerned. he trained a bunch of disciples. and what i mean by disciples, he trained other master bomb makers. with the thought that if he's taken off the battlefield, this -- this threat would continue. and so now you have the prospect of a bunch of bomb makers who have gone across the planet to parts unknown developing their own plots. gwen: so when you look at this, we only hear of double agents anymore on spy novels and movies. but when -- describe how this -- whoever this person was, who worked to expose this plot. >> right. well, we have wha
of this year we had the concern that through some sort of political miscalculation the united states may fall off the, quote, fiscal cliff that is waiting for us on january 1st 2013. >> tom: of course that is the combination of tax cuts expiring, which could mean tax increases, and of course automatic spending cuts for the government. but joel, you know that c.e.o.s and companies operate in times of uncertainty all the time. what makes this time of uncertainty so different that they are so reluctant to add jobs even though corporate earnings remain relatively healthy? >> well, oftentimes uncertainty is balanced. there are risks to the upside and risks to the downside. but here the two largest risks staring us in the face are both to the downside. for example, an exit by greece from the eurozone in a very messy manner followed by a speculative run against spanish banks that takes down the spanish financial system could really precipitate a dramatic slowdown in growth and a flight from all kinds of risky assets that would send ripple waves across the globe, deteriorating financial conditions th
with confidence and pride, the united states is stronger, safer and more respected in the world. because even as we've done the work of ending these wars, we've laid the foundation for a new era of american leadership. and now, cadets, we have to build on it. >> holman: the president also rejected what he called "the tired notion" that america is in decline, indirectly countering criticism by romney. the world health organization now says most of the radiation spikes in japan-- after last year's nuclear disaster-- were below cancer-causing levels. the u.n. agency also reported today that two locations around the fukushima plant did show higher levels of radiation. an earthquake and tsunami triggered meltdowns in the plant's reactors in march of last year. those are some of the day's major stories. now, back to jeff. >> brown: just four days after it went public on the stock market, facebook is the center of intense attention again on wall street, in washington and elsewhere. but this time, the focus has a very different tone. when facebook founder mark zuckerberg celebrated the public stock o
that the united kingdom and the united states do aggressionive interrogation to get the truth. >> reporter: it was the worst crime on british soil. mass murder. yet still the unanswered questions persist. megrahi is dead. the mystery of lockerbie is not. >> holman: al-megrahi was 60 years old. a florida man's twins won't get his social security benefits because they were conceived artificially, after he died. the u.s. supreme court issued a unanimous decision today. it cited florida's inheritance law, which bars benefits in such cases. the court also agreed to hear a closely watched case involving surveillance of overseas communications. for analysis of the court's actions from marcia coyle of the "national law journal", visit our politics page. wall street ended a series of losing sessions on new signals that china will try to boost its economy. the dow jones industrial average gained 135 points to close at 12,504. the nasdaq rose 68 points to close at 2,847. the gains did not extend to facebook. the social media giant lost 11% in its second day of being a publicly traded company. the hea
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dampening the growth in the united states. it could worsen. the big risks for president obama, and that is why he has been working so hard to make sure they keep moving forward. >> thank you very much for your insight. turning now to a scandal that has rocked the british political establishment, the former editor of to news and a national tabloid has been telling an ethics inquiry about her close relationship with top politicians in london. rebekah brooks said she used to exchange text messages with david cameron. >> running the gauntlet of the media, the woman who was once a significant number of that. ,nce rupert murdoch's protegee here today to face questions about the world of the press and politicians. >> thank you. >> she resigned from news international shortly after she was arrested by police investigating phone hacking. she told the inquiry that her departure had prompted commiseration from within the government. >> i received indirect messages from number 10, number 11, home office, for an office. >> did mr. blair send you one? >> yes. >> it has been reported, in rel
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